Spreading Cheer with Alternative Winter Break Options

Grandmother & Teen LaughingThe time is here. The holidays are upon us, and for many of us that means being surrounded by family, friends, happiness, laughter, and a lot of presents. But for many others, that may not be the case. Winter break is just around the corner and for students across the nation, this time is usually spent hanging out with friends, celebrating the holidays and unwinding before the next semester starts after the new year. What if you could do something really great with your time off? What if what you did in those few weeks could change someone’s life forever? Well it’s possible and many students have done just that by participating in alternative winter break options. There are many possibilities and options out there, and for many of us who are used to doing the same thing every winter break, this may be a great opportunity to give back and assist people and  communities in need.I am one to always advocate and encourage others to give back as it is one of the most selfless and important things that you can do in your life. Your contribution, no matter how small, can make a world of difference in someone else’s life. I think that this is especially true for students. We sometimes forget to take time and look at the small things we can do to help someone, as we try to get through our hectic and busy days. It’s true that even small acts of kindness such as helping an elderly neighbor carry groceries to her home or doing an errand for a friend who is sick, can make an impact too. There is no better opportunity to do just that than now, during the season of giving.

If you are a college student and want to do something meaningful during your winter break, I encourage you to take a look at “alternative” winter break possibilities, here and abroad, and see if any of them might interest you. In addition you might want to consider contacting your school’s Office of Student Life and inquire about any alternative break options that they recommend to their students.

Opportunities Abroad:

Domestic Opportunities:

In the spirit of the season, give back this Christmas and spread some of that holiday cheer.